Developing a thesis hp


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Introductory information on thesis statements for 9th graders. Includes poor examples and exemplars.

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Developing a thesis hp

  1. 1. Developing a Thesis Leisen. 2009 .
  2. 2. A these statement is <ul><li>an arguable position or opinion </li></ul><ul><li>provable with logic </li></ul><ul><li>specific and manageable </li></ul><ul><li>clearly stated in your introduction (advanced writers may not directly state the thesis until later in the paper) </li></ul>
  3. 3. A thesis statement is NOT <ul><li>a value judgment </li></ul><ul><li>a statement of fact </li></ul><ul><li>a short, simple sentence (it may even be two sentences) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bad Thesis: <ul><li>To Kill a Mockingbird was a good book. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting there. . . </li></ul><ul><li>To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books ever written. </li></ul><ul><li>Good thesis: </li></ul><ul><li>Haper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird stands as </li></ul><ul><li>the most important novel of the 20 th century, </li></ul><ul><li>and should be required reading </li></ul><ul><li>for high school students. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bad Thesis: <ul><li>The narrator in Old School was came from a middle class background. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting there. . . </li></ul><ul><li>The narrator in Old School was motivated by his desire to conceal his background from his school </li></ul><ul><li>mates. </li></ul><ul><li>Good thesis: </li></ul><ul><li>Tobias Wolff shows us that, above all , </li></ul><ul><li>a writer must experience what he or she </li></ul><ul><li>is writing about in order to be honest. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bad Thesis: <ul><li>Odysseus was determined to return to Ithaca. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting there. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Penelope was not the main reason Odysseus wanted to return to Ithaca. </li></ul><ul><li>Good thesis: </li></ul><ul><li>It is Odysseus’ father and land that give him </li></ul><ul><li>substance and stature, and these are his </li></ul><ul><li>main motivations for returning home rather </li></ul><ul><li>than romantic love for Penelope. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bad Thesis: <ul><li>Odysseus is cursed by the gods. </li></ul><ul><li>Getting there. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Odysseus’ own actions and choices led to his suffering. </li></ul><ul><li>Good thesis: </li></ul><ul><li>Homer’s epic, The Odyssey , remains the most </li></ul><ul><li>influential, and thus, important piece of </li></ul><ul><li>Western literature that we have today. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key Words in thesis statements: <ul><li>primary </li></ul><ul><li>most important </li></ul><ul><li>the result of </li></ul><ul><li>main motivation, overt reasons </li></ul><ul><li>greatest effect </li></ul><ul><li>should have, could have, would have </li></ul><ul><li>reason or reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>we learn, shows us, </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrates </li></ul><ul><li>in reality, in actuality </li></ul><ul><li>contrary to popular belief </li></ul>
  9. 9. Your thesis statement is not due until Tuesday, January 26. However, as you continue your research, ask yourself: <ul><li>What am I learning about my subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Where am I going with this? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my opinions about my subject? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the authors and quotes telling me? </li></ul><ul><li>What will I be able to prove ? </li></ul>